Slow the Spread

The UNH Durham Campus in ORANGE mode of operations effective 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021

**In-person classes resumed Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

**Two restrictions lifted for students living on-campus effective 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021; see below

The campus transitioned to orange mode of operations because the rate of spread of COVID-19 could cause us to close the campus unless we can get it under control. We need everyone’s help to Slow the Spread.

We’re asking students to: stay in the testing program, remain vigilant with COVID protocols, not to go out of town unnecessarily, reduce the number of people they interact with in person and abide by the following temporary added restrictions through at least two cycles of student testing or one week. We are re-evaluating daily and anticipate an update next week.


  • Current data show that face-to-face classes are NOT spreading events. Nonetheless, to support de-densification of campus, all courses will transition online unless an exception is approved by the college dean (e.g. some laboratories). Colleges will determine the viability of clinicals, fieldwork and internships on a case-by-case basis. In-person classes resumed Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021
  • No spectators at Friday’s men’s hockey game; the pilot program is postponed.
  • All informal gatherings are limited to no more than 6 people.
  • Students living off campus are only permitted on campus to attend in-person classes, labs, research, employment or to utilize campus resources or facilities. Off-campus students are not allowed in any campus residence hall buildings.
  • Off-campus students will temporarily be unable to quarantine or isolate on campus due to lack of space at this time.
  • Heightened safety measures for students living in on-campus halls and apartments:
    • Students are only permitted in their hall on-campus, and they cannot visit other halls or apartment buildings.  No longer in place effective 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021
    • No off-campus students are permitted in any on-campus residence hall or apartment building.
    • On-campus room capacity will be lower (three people for a double, two people for single, only three additional people for an apartment or suite).
    • On-campus students are expected not to visit with other students off-campus during this time.
    • Decrease capacity of on-campus lounges and bathrooms. No longer in place effective 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021
    • On-campus students will receive an email with more details, and this will also be posted on the Housing/Residential Life website,

In orange operations:

  • Research will continue as approved.
  • Cooperative Extension and engagement programs continue as approved.
  • Dimond Library remains open.
  • Hamel Rec and MUB remain open, but density and distancing is closely monitored.
  • Student-facing offices are open and operational, but staff personnel on campus is limited to what is needed keep those offices open and operational.
  • Buses will run on schedule.
  • Dining Halls are open.

Will the university issue refunds with the move to orange mode of operation?

At this time, we are not planning on issuing any refunds.  The shift to orange is expected to be temporary, and based on President Dean’s message from yesterday afternoon, the hope is that the situation will improve next week.  We will reassess the situation if anything changes.

If we successfully slow the spread:

We can go back to yellow operations, in-person classes can continue without restrictions, and we can plan another pilot for fan attendance at sporting events.

If we don’t slow the spread:

There will be additional restrictions that could include an end to athletics practices and games, pre-signup for all campus facilities and assigned dining.   Research could be curtailed to level 4. Or, we could be forced to go to red operations and close campus.

What we are doing:

We are closely monitoring testing program results and preparing to pivot as needed to protect our community. There were no super spreader events that led to our current levels, so we are optimistic that if we all do our part for about a week, we can get our infection rate under control and resume yellow mode operations. If, however, our testing results do not start showing a decrease in infections after about a week, then we will need to either enact further restrictions or move to red, depending on the trends in the data.

How you can help:

  • Keep vigilant in COVID practices: wear a mask, physically distance and wash your hands
  • Identify a small group of people (no more than 6) and commit to each other to only meet in person with each other–not outside of this group, your safety cohort
  • Keep on schedule with your testing
  • Stay healthy and take care of yourself